KCSP Statement of Curriculum Intent
I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full
John 10: Chapter 10. V10.
Inspired by Jesus Christ's example and the Gospel values of love, joy and compassion, we nurture and develop the whole child so that each unique individual grows constantly in confidence, and has the knowledge, skills and self-esteem to achieve their true potential.
All children will access a rich, ambitious, challenging curriculum; one that is broad, balanced and relevant, fostering curiosity, creativity and a life-long love of learning. It will prepare them well for each stage of education, employment or training and enable them, as educated citizens, to contribute to creating a better world.
St Gregory's Statement of Curriculum Intent
Our Starting Point
All staff at St Gregory’s have agreed that in our curriculum design we want to:
- Dream big (for our children)
- Energise it (to ensure the curriculum is relevant and engaging)
- Drive it (so that our curriculum impacts on outcomes)
At St Gregory’s we believe that our curriculum should be child centered, focusing on the needs and interests of children through teaching in a relevant, meaningful and purposeful way.
Our intention is that our curriculum will provide opportunities and experiences that will foster and inspire children to be independent learners who are also:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, are curious, take risks and make progress and achieve
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
In pursuit of these aims we will endeavor to:
- encourage parents to be active partners in their children's education
- develop lively, enquiring minds fostered by increasingly independent learning
- instill a desire to learn by setting relevant targets, providing appropriate support and rewarding achievement
- foster self-reliance and motivation
- provide a safe and stimulating working environment
- encourage children to act creatively and with imagination
- develop an understanding of the past which will help them to live successfully in the present, and to plan intelligently for the future
- develop the ability to work co-operatively
- encourage pupils to value the views of others and to argue dispassionately and rationally
- be active and live healthy lifestyles
At St Gregory’s our curriculum is developed around a values based learning community which includes our own school values alongside British values. These are:
Our School Values: perseverance, thankfulness, friendship, forgiveness and truthfulness
British Values: democracy, rules of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance
With this in mind our curriculum will:
- promote personal development
- support equality of opportunity,
- develop spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical growth
- celebrate the contributions of a diverse range of people, cultures and heritages
- develop an understanding of the environment as the basis of life and a source of wonder and inspiration that needs to be protected
Threading through our curriculum each year will be exposure to key concepts that children will explore to investigate the ‘big idea’. The essential generalisations we intend to present and to communicate and the key concepts we want learners to understand and make their own are:
- Globalisation: Countries, cultures and communities are not cut off from each other. On the contrary, there has been much borrowing, mingling and mutual influence over the centuries between different countries and cultural traditions. Events and trends in one place in the modern world are frequently affected by events and trends elsewhere. You cannot understand your own local world close at hand without seeing it as part of a global system. The global system has a range of interacting sub-systems: ecological, cultural, economic and political. There are benefits, but also dangers and difficulties.
- Humanity: Human beings belong to a single race, the human race. At all times in history and in all cultural traditions, they have had, and continue to have, certain basic tasks, problems, aspirations and needs in common – there is a shared humanity. Because all have the same underlying humanity, all are of equal value. All should be treated fairly and all should have the same basic human rights.
- Identity: To be human is to be rooted in a particular time and place and therefore to be different from most other people. The principal differences are to do with age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, language, nation, race, religion, sexuality and status. They are expressed through different perceptions, narratives, interests, standpoints and customs. Every individual belongs to a range of different groups, and therefore has a range of different belongings. Also, and partly in consequence, all individuals change and develop over time, as do all cultures, groups and communities.
At St Gregory’s the curriculum will:
- promote high standards, particularly in English, maths and ICT
- provide continued entitlement from early years to a coherent, broad and balanced curriculum
- instil in children a positive disposition to learning and a commitment to learn
- promote and pass on essential knowledge, skills and understanding valued by society to the next generation
- be relevant to children and prepare them for the here and now, for the next phase of their education, and for their future
- widen horizons and raise aspirations about the world of work and further and higher education in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks
- support children in developing global and the fundamental British Values
- make children more aware of, and engaged with, their local, national and international communities
- help children recognise that personal development is essential to wellbeing and success.
At our core we aim to model our belief that every child deserves a champion who will insist on them becoming the best they can possibly be. Through our positive words and actions we will demonstrate why we have chosen to be a part of the St Gregory's community.
- We will ensure that we have strong knowledge and understanding of the subjects we teach and that this makes a greater impact on children's learning.
- We will have high expectations of what children should be able to do and what they can achieve. This will be evident through high quality tasks, questioning and books.
- We will ensure that our teaching delivery focuses on the learner, and not the lesson plan or the activity.
- We will use effective questioning - guided by Blooms Taxonomy, to ensure we challenge every child.
- We will use assessment effectively - to help us understand what children know and are able to do. We will extend that assessment information to plan appropriate learning that closes any gaps swiftly and moves learning on. Ideally this would be at the point of learning. Using personalised learning charts will be the tool to ensure we do this at an individual level for every child.
- We will ensure that we allow time to review previous learning, model responses for the children and give them adequate time to practice and embed skills securely and progressively whilst scaffolding new learning. We will help children make connections with learning and model the idea that 'practice makes permanent'.
- We will ensure that we create a classroom environment that is 'constantly demanding more' while affirming children's self-worth. Our children's successes will be attributed to effort rather than ability.
- We wll make good use of learning time by coordinating classroom resources and managing the behaviour of our children.
- Key visuals and models, including vocabulary will be used to support the understanding of abstract concepts and to help children organise their thinking and their work.
- St Gregory’s high expectations regarding presentation of work and the use of Standard English (both verbally and written) will be evident in all lessons.
What we teach at St Gregory's...
We aim for our children to develop a range of skills that will equip them both for their future learning and the world of work. Our focus will be on:
- problem solving
- staying positive
- aiming high
- team work
With this in mind we will explicitly teach these skills throughout their time at St Gregory's.
Each child will own a 'Skills Builder Passport' when they start at our school and skills will be developed and built upon every year.